Fantasy Premier League: Great Week Moves Leicester’s Ulloa Into Elite Company

Leonardo Ulloa has vaulted himself into elite company.

Leonardo Ulloa has vaulted himself into elite company. Photo: skysports1.com

A two goal performance from Leonardo Ulloa was the highlight of week five, and this week he is an absolute must start for fantasy owners. As a fantasy owner who left Ulloa on the bench only to see Naismith put up a zero, I know the frustrations that many fantasy owners will have felt last week. On the face of it, Leicester were playing a United team who looked to have their ducks in order against QPR so benching Ulloa was not something that was totally mental if you have a good crop of midfielders and two hot strikers. However, while Leicester’s miraculous comeback against United has done wonders for the value of their strikers it highlights a massive problem with the United defence which has seen the whole defensive group slide down the rankings this week.

Away from the raucous King Power stadium the Premier League threw up what was potentially the best week so far. Lampard grabbed the headlines against his old club in an intriguing contest in Manchester, Özil and Welbeck came racing into the 2014 season as Arsenal put high flying Villa in their place, and with only four clean sheets across the whole league (two in one game) it was a generally bad day for defensive players but a great one for exciting goal scoring action.

As I said last week, I have abandoned the explanations below each tier because it breaks the rankings up and makes them harder to follow. If there is a demand for them back then I will of course consider bringing them back.

As always, the injury advice in this article is aimed at draft leagues mainly and for salary cap leagues the general rule is not to carry a player who is out for two weeks or more. For those who play in weekly fantasy premier leagues these rankings and the injury news should give you a baseline to work off when try to set the best team possible

 

Goalkeepers

Elite

Names Team Opponent YTD
Courtois Chelsea Aston Villa 15
Hart Man City Hull 15

 

Must Starts

Szczesny Arsenal Tottenham 13
Forster Southampton QPR 23
Fabianski Swansea Sunderland 19
Foster West Brom Burnley 15

 

Good Starts

Speroni Crystal Palace Leicester 21
Howard Everton Liverpool 8
Krul Newcastle Stoke 12
Begovic Stoke Newcastle 14

 

Decent Options

De Gea Man Utd West Ham 16
Heaton Burnley West Brom 25
Mignolet Liverpool Everton 14
Lloris Tottenham Arsenal 19

 

Risks

Schmeichel Leicester Crystal Palace 8
Green QPR Southampton 14
Mannone Sunderland Swansea 19
Adrian West Ham Man Utd 12

 

Desperation

Guzan Aston Villa Chelsea 22
McGregor Hull Man City 21

 

Injuries

Krul (Newcastle) Illness (75%): As of now I am expecting Krul to play in what should be a good match up against low scoring Stoke

 

Defenders

Elite

Names Team Opponent YTD
Ivanovic Chelsea Aston Villa 31
Kompany Man City Hull 12

 

Strong Starts

Azpilicueta Chelsea Aston Villa 14
Cahill Chelsea Aston Villa 12
Terry Chelsea Aston Villa 10
Sagna Man City Hull 3
Clyne Southampton QPR 33
Fonte Southampton QPR 25
Bertrand Southampton QPR 25
Baines Everton Liverpool 25

 

Good Starts

Mertesacker Arsenal Tottenham 9
Koscielny Arsenal Tottenham 18
Chambers Arsenal Tottenham 15
Gibbs Arsenal Tottenham 11
Duff Burnley West Brom 24
Trippier Burnley West Brom 23
Shackell Burnley West Brom 23
Mee Burnley West Brom 21
Williams Swansea Sunderland 20
Rangel Swansea Sunderland 16
Taylor Swansea Sunderland 18
Fernandez Swansea Sunderland 2
Wisdom West Brom Burnley 16
Dawson West Brom Burnley 14
Pocognoli West Brom Burnley 10
Lescott West Brom Burnley 7

 

Low End Starters/Potential Flex Plays

Jagielka Everton Liverpool 10
Stones Everton Liverpool 10
Morgan Leicester Crystal Palace 11
de Laet Leicester Crystal Palace 13
Konchesky Leicester Crystal Palace 16
Moore Leicester Crystal Palace 9
Janmaat Newcastle Stoke 18
Williamson Newcastle Stoke 14
Coloccini Newcastle Stoke 11
Dummett Newcastle Stoke 9
Shawcross Stoke Newcastle 22
Pieters Stoke Newcastle 18
Bardsley Stoke Newcastle 15
Wilson Stoke Newcastle 15

 

Desperation Starts

Dann Crystal Palace Leicester 13
Delaney Crystal Palace Leicester 11
Moreno Liverpool Everton 16
Lovren Liverpool Everton 12
Skrtel Liverpool Everton 6
Rojo Man Utd West Ham 6
Evans Man Utd West Ham 15
Rafael Man Utd West Ham 6
Ferdinand QPR Southampton 10
Caulker QPR Southampton 17
Isla QPR Southampton 7
Dier Tottenham Arsenal 32
Kaboul Tottenham Arsenal 17
Rose Tottenham Arsenal 18

 

Status Unknown but Potentially Usable

Luis Chelsea Aston Villa 1
Ward Crystal Palace Leicester 10
Hangeland Crystal Palace Leicester 8
Mariappa Crystal Palace Leicester 6
Kelly Crystal Palace Leicester 6
Fryers Crystal Palace Leicester 1
Coleman Everton Liverpool 14
Distin Everton Liverpool 5
Manquillo Liverpool Everton 9
Sakho Liverpool Everton 9
Clichy Man City Hull 12
Kolarov Man City Hull 13
Mangala Man City Hull 2
Demichellis Man City Hull 16
Shaw Man Utd West Ham 0
Hill QPR Southampton 6
Alderweield Southampton QPR 6
Yoshida Southampton QPR 11
Gardos Southampton QPR 1
Vertonghen Tottenham Arsenal 7
Chiriches Tottenham Arsenal 3
Davies Tottenham Arsenal 1
Olsson West Brom Burnley 8

 

Potential Negatives

Cissokho Aston Villa Chelsea 19
Senderos Aston Villa Chelsea 20
Hutton Aston Villa Chelsea 19
Robertson Hull Man City 9
Davies Hull Man City 6
Dawson Hull Man City 3
Rosenior Hull Man City 3
van Aanholt Sunderland Swansea 14
Brown Sunderland Swansea 14
O’Shea Sunderland Swansea 13
Vergini Sunderland Swansea 10
Creswell West Ham Man Utd 7
Tomkins West Ham Man Utd 8
Demel West Ham Man Utd 4
Reid West Ham Man Utd 11

 

Status Unknown and Potential Negatives

Schlupp Leicester Crystal Palace 14
Vlaar Aston Villa Chelsea 16
Baker Aston Villa Chelsea 9
Clark Aston Villa Chelsea 0
Chester Hull Man City 13
Collins West Ham Man Utd 0

 

Injuries

Vlaar (Aston Villa) Calf (25%): He is probably missing this week but with the match up that is probably for the best.

Jones (Man U) Hamstring (4th October): I expect him to come back into the team pretty quickly and he should strengthen up the defence remarkably when that happens so keep hold of him.

Evans (Man U) Ankle (This Weekend): With Blackett suspended and Smalling injured they need a recognised centre back so I expect him back this week.

Coleman (Everton) Knock (75%): With one of their biggest games on the season this week against Liverpool they will want him back and a knock is easier to rush back from than a strain.

Amat (Swansea) Knee (25th October): You can go ahead and drop him.

Blackett (Man U) Suspended (5th October): The whole team is a bit of a mess and Blackett may have blown his chances so I’m not holding onto him if I can spare the transfer

Yoshida (Southampton) Knock (75%): With Alderweireld also 75% but with a strain I expect they are more likely to risk Yoshida in a match up they should ease their way through.

Debuchy (Arsenal) Ankle (27th December): He is one of the top defensive options but defence is fickle week to week so for me he is droppable.

O’Brien (West Ham) Knee (18th October): Absolutely droppable for me with it being at least four weeks until he returns.

Monreal (Arsenal) Back (27th September): Should return this week and throws Gibbs’ status into debate, but with him not being 100% I cannot see him featuring this week.

Alderweireld (Southampton) Hamstring (75%): I think they rest him for bigger tests to come over the next few weeks

Johnson (Liverpool) Thigh (This Weekend): It isn’t tough to imagine him walking back into the team after last week but I’m not sure they risk him and therefore cannot recommend starting him.

Tiendalli (Swansea) Groin (75%): More than likely wouldn’t feature anyway, so isn’t going to trouble your fantasy teams even if healthy.

Smalling (Man U) Thigh (4th October): For me he’s droppable

Walker (Tottenham) Pelvis (This Weekend): I am absolutely done because you cannot trust him week to week.

Flanagan (Liverpool) Knee (Return Unknown): Should not be owned.

 

Midfielders

Elite

Player Team Opponent YTD
Ramsey Arsenal Tottenham 28
Sanchez Arsenal Tottenham 22
Fabregas Chelsea Aston Villa 33
Hazard Chelsea Aston Villa 25
Sterling Liverpool Everton 33
Di Maria Man Utd West Ham 28

 

Must Starts:

Özil Arsenal Tottenham 19
Mirallas Everton Liverpool 19
Silva Man City Hull 17
Herrera Man Utd West Ham 22
Schneiderlin Southampton QPR 30
Sigurdsson Swansea Sunderland 33
Chadli Tottenham Arsenal 29

 

Solid Starts:

Puncheon Crystal Palace Leicester 18
Gerrard Liverpool Everton 21
Henderson Liverpool Everton 18
Navas Man City Hull 13
Tadic Southampton QPR 19
Johnson Sunderland Swansea 15
Larsson Sunderland Swansea 24
Dyer Swansea Sunderland 30
Eriksen Tottenham Arsenal 19
Lamela Tottenham Arsenal 18
Downing West Ham Man Utd 27
Noble West Ham Man Utd 22

 

Low End #3/Potential Flex Plays

Arfield Burnley West Brom 16
Boyd Burnley West Brom 6
Jedinak Crystal Palace Leicester 18
Quinn Hull Man City 17
Elmohamady Hull Man City 17
Diame Hull Man City 19
Toure Man City Hull 6
Gouffran Newcastle Stoke 16
Moses Stoke Newcastle 10
Routledge Swansea Sunderland 20

 

Safe with Added Upside

Matic Chelsea Aston Villa 21
Bolasie Crystal Palace Leicester 17
Ki Swansea Sunderland 17
Shelvey Swansea Sunderland 15

 

Safe with Limited Upside

Cleverly Aston Villa Chelsea 6
Richardson Aston Villa Chelsea 16
Delph Aston Villa Chelsea 13
Jones Burnley West Brom 13
Marney Burnley West Brom 11
Barry Everton Liverpool 13
McCarthy Everton Liverpool 13
Huddlestone Hull Man City 14
Livermore Hull Man City 10
Hammond Leicester Crystal Palace 8
King Leicester Crystal Palace 13
Drinkwater Leicester Crystal Palace 5
Blind Man Utd West Ham 5
Cabella Newcastle Stoke 13
Sissoko Newcastle Stoke 10
Colback Newcastle Stoke 10
Davis Southampton QPR 8
Cork Southampton QPR 13
N’Zonzi Stoke Newcastle 11
Whelan Stoke Newcastle 9
Rodwell Sunderland Swansea 16
Cattermole Sunderland Swansea 16
Capoue Tottenham Arsenal 12
Gardner West Brom Burnley 13
Brunt West Brom Burnley 16
Dorrans West Brom Burnley 9
Sessegnon West Brom Burnley 5
Song West Ham Man Utd 3

 

Potential Starters with Unknown Status

Chamberlain Arsenal Tottenham 8
Cazorla Arsenal Tottenham 10
Wilshere Arsenal Tottenham 16
Schurrle Chelsea Aston Villa 18
Oscar Chelsea Aston Villa 10
Zaha Crystal Palace Leicester 9
Pienaar Everton Liverpool 7
Atsu Everton Liverpool 3
Osman Everton Liverpool 8
Ince Hull Man City 5
Ben Arfa Hull Man City 1
Coutinho Liverpool Everton 5
Lallana Liverpool Everton 2
Markovic Liverpool Everton 4
Lampard Man City Hull 6
Mata Man Utd West Ham 24
Januzaj Man Utd West Ham 6
Valencia Man Utd West Ham 11
Wanyama Southampton QPR 15
Jordi Gomez Sunderland Swansea 3
Giaccherini Sunderland Swansea 4
Montero Swansea Sunderland 5
Townsend Tottenham Arsenal 2
Lennon Tottenham Arsenal 5
Morrison West Brom Burnley 14
Amalfitano West Ham Man Utd 7

 

Injuries

Ramires (Chelsea) Knee (75%): With the wealth of riches they have I cannot see them risking a less than 100% player.

Henderson (Liverpool) Hip (75%): Arguably the biggest game of the season so they will want him and for that reason alone I am expecting him.

Silva (Man City) Knock (75%): With it just being a knock I expect to see him this week and will be starting him unless he is ruled out on Friday.

Ward-Prowse (Southampton) Foot (29th November): The on field talent dwarf’s the fantasy potential, so for Southampton this is huge but for fantasy it’s fairly irrelevant.

Gouffran (Newcastle) Illness (75%): I expect him to play but double check Frida evening on his status if you are relying on him

Jones (Burnley) Thigh (75%): I am expecting him but you probably have better options

Nasri (Man City) Groin (25%): I had him ranked in the second tier but this news means he isn’t startable for you

Kranjcar (QPR) Knock (50%): I would love to see him because I think he is a weekly goal threat but for now you are better benching him.

Kouyate (West Ham) Groin (1st November): This is a shame for West ham but you shouldn’t own him

Mutch (QPR) Hamstring (4th October): Not really fantasy relevant in my opinion so this isn’t an issue

Taylor (Burnley) Achilles (27th September): This one concerns me a little more but this appears a winnable game for Burnley and they don’t half need a win.

Aarons (Newcastle) Hamstring (1st November): Flashed potential but isn’t solid enough to be owned in all leagues.

Allen (Liverpool) Knee (Return Unknown): Never any more than a safe option so not worth stashing

Pienaar (Everton) Groin (75%): Interesting potential but injuries seem to be regular making him hard to keep holding onto. I don’t expect him this week.

Fernando (Man City) Groin (25%): They have other options therefore I am not expecting him.

Tiote (Newcastle) Knock (75%): Probably won’t walk back into the team this week so isn’t relevant for you.

Young (Man U) Knock (This Weekend): He isn’t getting in that attacking group.

Coutinho (Liverpool) Groin (75%): Going to be a late decision but you have the advantage that Liverpool play early so you may get a chance to check his status before line ups lock.

Giaccherini (Sunderland) Knock (75%): Not fantasy relevant at this stage.

Walters (Stoke) Calf (50%): Cannot be risked.

de Jong (Newcastle) Thigh (Return Unknown): Safe to drop

Odemwingie (Stoke) Knee (Return Unknown): Safe to drop

Nolan (West Ham) Shoulder (4th October): You may as well hold him and see what happens when he returns.

Sandro (QPR) Knee (75%): Never more than a safe option so I wouldn’t even risk it.

Can (Liverpool) Ankle (25th October): Hasn’t done anything so you cannot be stashing him.

Snodgrass (Hull) Knee (Return Unknown): Safe to drop

Walcott (Arsenal) Knee (18th October): Rumours he was back this week have been squashed but you have to hold onto him.

Carrick (Man U) Ankle (This Weekend): Rumour he may move back into defence but that doesn’t make him anymore valuable to me.

Barkley (Everton) Knee (Return Unknown): The landscape for when he will return is murky but you have to keep stashing if you have space.

Gnabry (Arsenal) Knock (18th October): I doubt he is walking into the team and is therefore unstashable

 

Strikers

Out of This World

Players Team Opponent YTD
Costa Chelsea Aston Villa 42

 

Top 10 Strikers

Welbeck Arsenal Tottenham 16
Lukaku Everton Liverpool 23
Sturridge Liverpool Everton 10
Aguero Man City Hull 22
Dzeko Man City Hull 11
Rooney Man Utd West Ham 25
Ulloa Leicester Crystal Palace 36

 

Good Starts

Balotelli Liverpool Everton 8
v.Persie Man Utd West Ham 11
Falcao Man Utd West Ham 6
Pelle Southampton QPR 28
Diouf Stoke Newcastle 18
Adebayor Tottenham Arsenal 23

 

Low End #2’s/Flex Players

Weimann Aston Villa Chelsea 25
Agbonlahor Aston Villa Chelsea 22
Campbell Crystal Palace Leicester 14
Naismith Everton Liverpool 25
Jelavic Hull Man City 23
Nugent Leicester Crystal Palace 14
Vardy Leicester Crystal Palace 23
Riviere Newcastle Stoke 13
Austin QPR Southampton 12
Wickham Sunderland Swansea 9
Gomis Swansea Sunderland 5
Berahino West Brom Burnley 21
Valencia West Ham Man Utd 12
Sakho West Ham Man Utd 15

 

Low End Flex Plays

Jutkiewicz Burnley West Brom 10
Remy Chelsea Aston Villa 9
Gayle Crystal Palace Leicester 10
A.Hernanez Hull Man City 8
Crouch Stoke Newcastle 17

 

Potentially Interesting

Eto’o Everton Liverpool 6
Cisse Newcastle Stoke 12
Bojan Stoke Newcastle 4
Fletcher Sunderland Swansea 6
Anichebe West Brom Burnley 7
Zarate West Ham Man Utd 13
Podolski Arsenal Tottenham 2

 

Un-startable

Bent Aston Villa Chelsea 3
Ings Burnley West Brom 6
Barnes Burnley West Brom 4
Sordell Burnley West Brom 3
Drogba Chelsea Aston Villa 4
Doyle Crystal Palace Leicester 2
Wood Leicester Crystal Palace 6
Lambert Liverpool Everton 7
Borini Liverpool Everton 3
Ayoze Newcastle Stoke 5
Vargas QPR Southampton 3
Zamora QPR Southampton 4
Long Southampton QPR 7
Altidore Sunderland Swansea 4
Kane Tottenham Arsenal 4
Soldado Tottenham Arsenal 1
Samaras West Brom Burnley 1
Vaz Te West Ham Man Utd 5
Cole West Ham Man Utd 10

 

Injuries

Agüero (Man City) Knock (75%): HE IS ALWAS INJURED! However, unlike Walker, who I have given up on, Agüero is just too valuable. I expect he will make an appearance and cause havoc.

Jovetic (Man City) Hamstring (25%): Not featuring this week and that actually benefits Agüero a lot

Cisse (Newcastle) Illness (75%): Returned from injury with a bang and is a sneaky add if he can get playing time.

Sturridge (Liverpool) Thigh (25%): Logic says he won’t play but this is the Merseyside derby so I expect to see him at some point. Check the team news before line up lock because this is the early kick off on Saturday.

Wickham (Sunderland) Back (75%): If he had been scoring goals I would be sure he will play but he hasn’t and that worries me a little.

Giroud (Arsenal) Ankle (10th January): A few good weeks from Welbeck could make him droppable!

Fletcher (Sunderland) Knock (75%): Shame because with Wickham injured as well this could have been an intriguing week.

Ings (Burnley) Hamstring (11th October): His potential makes him worth holding onto.

Ideye (West Brom) Knock (75%): His slow start means I probably am not starting him especially given the pain he looked in last night.

Rodriguez (Southampton) Knee (Return Unknown): His ability means you are holding on with two hands.

Benteke (Aston Villa) LMF (Return Unknown): THE BEAST IS COMING!!!!

 

Right there we have it for the new and improved streamlined rankings. Good luck this week and as always send over any questions to

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